Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans sold worldwide 590,999 passenger vehicles from January to March, driven by U.S. and China sales. In North America, the company sold 88,318 units, up 12.5% from the same quarter last year, with 78,256 of those delivered to customers in the United States, up 15.5%.
The S-Class, SUVs and the E-Class sedan and estate all achieved strong double-digit growth, with SUVs making up 54.3% of the sales.
Mercedes-Benz Vans also sold 18.2% more than in the same quarter of the previous year. In total, 76,328 Sprinter, Vito, Vito Tourer and Citan vans were sold from January to March 2021. In Europe, the eSprinter and eVito contributed to that country’s growth in sales.
“With almost 1,200 electrified vans sold in the first quarter, we exceeded last year’s result by around 150% in the same period. This underlines our strategic aim of ‘lead in electric drive,’” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, in Alabama, produces the GLE Coupe, the GLE and GLS SUVs and the Mercedes Maybach GLS SUV.
In South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz Vans produces the Sprinter and Metris vans in Charleston.